THE COLUMN: In Europe, a Cheer Moment

Michael Walsh10 Jun, 2024 4 Min Read
Vive la France.

Back in the days when real writers instead of gay teenage-girl ideologues wrote motion-picture scripts, and were concerned not only with plot but theme and character development and the three-act form and finding an emotionally and artistically satisfying ending to a memorable film, they often used to include something called the "cheer moment." After enduring humiliation after humiliation, insult upon insult, and abuse after abuse, the long-suffering protagonist finally turns on his or her tormentors and gives them what they've been asking for all along. Here's one now:

Sometimes, a cheer moment can arrive when our hero, faced with an impossible situation, simply decides to cut the Gordian Knot and get it over with:

And sometimes there's nothing more satisfying than wiping the smirk off some sonofabitch's face with superior knowledge and impeccable timing:

All of this and more happened across Europe yesterday as voters went to the polls and delivered a well-deserved and long-overdue thrashing of the malignant Left in voting for the European Parliament. In France, Germany, and Italy, the heart of the E.U., patriotic parties -- contemptuously referred to by the international state media as "far right" -- made significant gains against their institutional opposition, rattling bien-pensant sensibilities and demolishing the various neo-communist "Green" parties everywhere. Savor it:

In European Parliament elections Sunday night, the far-right surged in nations including Germany and Austria, but nowhere with more impactthan in France. The far-right there clobbered the ruling centrist coalition, so much so that French President Emmanuel Macron called for snap legislative elections. His bet: That voters may be angry at him, but are not truly prepared to allow the pick of Marine Le Pen – the fiery doyenne of French nationalist, anti-immigration politics – to head a new French government. It’s a bet that may exact a high price.

The morning after the once-every-five-years European Parliament elections, populist nationalists and anti-immigrant parties across Europe were reflecting on a mixed night. They lost ground in long illiberal Hungary, as well as in Poland. But it was their strong showing at the heart of Europe – France, Germany and Italy – that rattled the European Union’s political establishment and heralded a possible rightist tinge five months before U.S. elections.

The losers? Green parties facing a backlash from voters tiring of the cost of combating climate change, and the political centrists in power at Europe’s core.

Looking for an Alternative für Deutschland.

Just as the election of Donald Trump shocked the liberal American media to its core -- so badly that the Democrats immediately declared war on his legitimacy and have waged an eight-year campaign to put him in the dock and behind bars for his effrontery in upsetting the New World Order's applecart -- so has the European vote blindsided its collection of establishment routiniers, including France's Emmanuel Macron, who dissolved Parliament and called a snap election for the end of this month; Germany's Olaf Scholz, whose Social Democrat-led coalition government is now teetering on the brink; and Belgium's leftist prime minister Alexander De Croo, who immediately resigned in tears and shame.

Germany’s ruling coalition suffered a crushing blow in the European Parliament election on Sunday, with Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats recording their worst result in a national vote in more than a century. The left-leaning coalition’s steep losses — support for the Greens fell by nearly half — will likely renew questions over the government’s stability. The alliance, a three-way partnership that includes the Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats, has struggled to find answers to an array of acute problems facing the country, from a stagnant economy to the deep dysfunction of its asylum system.

Though regular elections aren’t due until the fall of 2025, persistent infighting within the alliance over everything from Russia’s war on Ukraine to the budget has fueled speculation that the government could collapse well before then.

They really do hate you.

The corrupt corporate media -- don't miss Against the Corporate Media, publishing Sept. 10! -- have taken some public solace in the fact that the "centrist" parties will still remain the largest bloc in Strasbourg, but the fact remains that the Leftist stenographers have been stunned by the results. And it's also true that in the (non-E.U.) United Kingdom, Labour will easily terminate Rishi Sunak's Tories on July 4, entirely thanks to Boris Johnson's stunning selfishness and ineptitude and the Conservative Party's passive inability to stop Britain's cultural degeneration. (American GOP, please note.)

But even they can't avoid the truth, which is that their beautiful theories of "climate change," open borders, and support for the festering anti-democratic, anti-Christian cesspool of financial corruption called the Ukraine have just been mugged by a gang of brutal facts. To paraphrase Bismarck, the Ukraine isn't worth the bones of a single Pomeranian grenadier, and NATO's insane rush to start World War 3 with the Russians may finally be braked by European self-interest and common sense.

No doubt the European media, like its American counterparts after Trump's election, will quickly mount a full-throated counter-attack, hurling the only epithet they have -- far right -- at the members of the various nation-states who believe in the nation far more than they care about the state. Anyone can get a passport, but passports don't make citizens; citizens make passports. (Ireland, please copy.)

So out the back end of Air Force One they go, still screaming about wind and solar, the benefits of "cultural enrichment," and the dangers of recrudescent Nazism. Maybe on the way down they'll remember that the late National Socialist German Workers Party was, well, socialist, and was once allied with the Communist Party of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, also socialist and also now deceased. Have a nice trip on your way to the ash heap of history.

Michael Walsh is a journalist, author, and screenwriter. He was for 16 years the music critic and a foreign correspondent for Time Magazine. His works include the novels As Time Goes By, And All the Saints, and the bestselling “Devlin” series of NSA thrillers; as well as the nonfiction bestseller, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace and its sequel, The Fiery Angel. Last Stands, a study of military history from the Greeks to the present, was published by St. Martin's Press in December 2019. He is also the editor of Against the Great Reset: 18 Theses Contra the New World Order, published on Oct. 18, 2022, and of the forthcoming Against the Corporate Media. Follow him on Twitter: @theAmanuensis


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